Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Can Dental Implants Cause Headaches?

If you are missing one or several teeth, you have likely considered getting dental implants to get you back to talking, eating, and smiling like you did before your tooth/teeth were lost. You may be reluctant to have this reasonably simple surgery that could positively revolutionize your life because of talk that dental implants cause migraine headaches. We’re here to address the speculations behind that concern and clear the air regarding dental implants.

man holding his head with a migraine headache

Where Did the Concern Start?

The beloved entertainer, Dick Van Dyke, won the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. At this time, there was a lot of publicity around the actor and his then-recent health crisis. Van Dyke suffered debilitating migraines, that after years of puzzlement, he claimed that his dental implants were at the root of his problem.

Is There Science Behind the Claim?

Yes, but it’s not generally a concern for the average patient. There are two potential causes of migraines relating to dental implants: titanium allergy and bite misalignment. Allergies to titanium are extremely rare, but would account for migraines as a result of dental implants. If dental implants are misplaced, causing a problem in occlusion, the contact between the upper and lower rows of teeth, can then lead to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), which results in migraines.

Can It Happen to Me?

Technically yes, but it’s unlikely. Working with Drs. Lambeth at Milltown Family Dentistry gives you the advantage of years of training and experience with dental implants and their expertise helps to minimize your risk of complications. Our patients generally return to normal activity within 1-3 business days!

Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

For patients who are missing one or several teeth, dental implants are an option to restore your teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Although there are some stories of people experiencing migraines as a result of dental implants, the vast majority of patients do not experience that side effect.

If you have any questions about the safety of dental implants, call the team at Milltown Family Dental. We can answer all your questions and get you scheduled for a consultation to see if dental implants are the right solution for you. Contact us today!

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